S. Korea protests against Japan's renewed territorial claims to disputed islets

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SEOUL, July 28 (Xinhua) -- South Korea on Friday protested against Japan's renewed territorial claims to the disputed islets lying halfway between the two countries, called Dokdo by South Korea and Takeshima by Japan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the South Korean government strongly protests against the Japanese government's unjust repeated territorial claims to Dokdo, which is South Korea's own territory in terms of history, geography and international law.

The ministry urged Tokyo to immediately retract its territorial claims, which were made through Japan's 2023 defense white paper released earlier in the day.

The statement noted that South Korea makes it clear once again that Japan's unjust claims will not have any impact on South Korean sovereignty over Dokdo, saying that Seoul will firmly respond to any provocation over Dokdo.

It added that the Japanese government should be clearly aware that the repeated claims over Dokdo are of no help to build a future-oriented relationship between South Korea and Japan.

Since 2005, Japan has laid territorial claims to the rocky outcroppings every year in its diplomatic blue and defense white papers.

South Korea restored its sovereignty over Dokdo after the Korean Peninsula's liberation from the 1910-45 Japanese colonization. Seoul has since been in effective control of the islets, with a small police detachment deployed.

South Koreans see Japan's territorial claims to the islets as a denial of colonial history, as Dokdo was the very first territory that was forcibly occupied by Imperial Japan. Enditem

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